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I just ate an egg

... From a carton with a best buy / use by date of "FEB 06".

And lived to post about.*

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  1. So it was more than 8 months past date? What did it look like? Did it taste ok? Did it still taste like an egg? How did you manage to keep an egg that long? Were they from the farmer's market? A lot of the farmers at mine reuse egg cartons...

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    1. re: ohmyyum

      >>So it was more than 8 months past date?

      >>What did it look like?
      It looked like an egg

      >>Did it taste ok?
      Tasted just like an egg

      >>Did it still taste like an egg?
      (See above)

      >>How did you manage to keep an egg that long?
      Too much travel and eating out.

      >>Were they from the farmer's market?
      No. It was from local supermarket chain (Ralphs in LA)

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I just.. wow. Please report back tmrw.

    2. I'm guessing they reused an old carton.

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      1. re: c oliver

        No. I bought this in January 2013.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          How does that preclude their using an old carton? I'm missing something certainly.

          1. re: c oliver

            I have never seen a supermarket use an old carton. And I haven't bought eggs in nearly a year (at least not the kind in that carton).

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I've eaten some old eggs but, January, if it was this year, is pretty old. Did you have to jack hammer the white out of the shell?

        2. Hmm. Maybe check in with us in a few hours and verify your lived to tell about it status......;)

          I can't believe you still had these in your fridge! But then again i am one of those kind of paranoid people who throws out anything suspect first and asks questions later...

          1. Is that Feb '06, as in 2006? Is your frig an archive for artifacts?

            1. I have chickens, we raise our own for eggs. I have eaten many, many eggs both before and after we started keeping hens. You will be fine. I have done a lot of research, talked to scientists and old time farmers.....eggs can be kept for a year in the fridge, and you'd be surprised how long an egg will keep at room temperature, as well.

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              1. re: kmlmgm

                Good to know. I have some in the fridge right now that we left for the petsitters who didn't eat them. We had them for a couple of weeks, we were going for almost three and have been back for about two. I'll eat them. 'Course I live in a "magic house."

                1. re: c oliver

                  Ah, Sam is remembered once again. Very sensible guy. May he rest in peace, secure in the knowledge that it wasn't old foods that did him in.

                  1. re: johnb

                    My first read of your post was "old fools." :) Big :)

                    1. re: c oliver

                      c oliver,
                      I read that as "old fools" as well. Funny!

                2. re: kmlmgm

                  Yeah, I know.

                  Last week I dusted off a carton with a best by date of "JAN 16".

                  So, I'm good to go!

                3. Thanks for posting this. Helps give the lie to all the boloney about "consume by" dates and their brethren.

                  These dates are always dubious and sometimes downright harmful. In this arena, the recent Harvard "Dating Game" report is starting to gain some traction. Here is a link to a WashPo story about it, and the story provides a link to the study itself.


                  Even the story falls into the "overly safe" trap; it says eggs can last "3-5 weeks" in the fridge. You've provided some evidence that even that estimate is far too conservative.

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                  1. re: johnb

                    If it smells OK, it gets eaten. I rarely look at dates, if ever.

                      1. re: linguafood

                        Oh I was just wondering how soon the smell of badness happens to the hummus. To be honest, I just dipped into a tub that's been open for 3 weeks and had a hint of smell on top, wiped that away and continued. If it turned to rotten feet in a week I'd be unlikely to buy a big container.

                  2. The experation date.Thanks for taking one for the team. It's like Food Busters. Is it fact or just a myth .

                    1. I think there may be some duck eggs from the summer that never got sat on in a clutch under the big hosta leaves by the back patio.

                      Wonder if they'd still be tasty?

                      1. don't try that with ground beef

                        1. I keep eggs for MONTHS at a time; I buy as many as I can fit in my fridge when they are on sale. I don't go by the "use by" dates on products. I have cheese in my fridge that's been in there almost a year, well wrapped and non moldy. Flavor is still good on it. It's a shame that people buy into the hype of food being no good once that date passes. If it passes the sight/taste/smell tests, it's good in my household.

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                          1. re: Cherylptw

                            Yes, but seven+ years? Oh, wait. Must be Feb 6th. NVM.

                            1. re: Shrinkrap

                              Now, I can't speak for that cause the eggs in my house never make it that long....lol...

                            2. re: Cherylptw

                              Cheeses should be an obvious exception, but apparently not always. My mom picked up cheese at Costco without checking the date and brought it to a party that day. Someone was helping her make up the cheese plate and was quite anxious to tell her (twice, because she shrugged it off the first time) that it expired that day or the day before. "It's BLUE cheese", she said. They did shut up at that point.

                            3. The incubation period for food poisoning by salmonella is up to about 72 hours. Not likely that you've been exposed, but still... just saying.

                              I'm assuming the egg wasn't frozen, or else this would be a pretty mundane thread.

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                              1. re: cowboyardee

                                Ate some fresh mozzarella that says best by Oct. 20 last night that tasted a little ripe. Really hoping not to get food poisoning. 72 hours is a long time :(

                                  1. re: melpy

                                    Nah ... I think you're gonna make it too.

                                1. How did you cook it? You did cook it, didn't you?

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                                  1. Pack it in a manure pile and it would be a 1000 year old egg.

                                    If the commercial industry had the same failure rate as home canners, the lawyers would all be in the food processing business. Just saying that for all the rants about agro business, the attention to hygiene and repeatability have positioned the family farmer into a niche business. Generally priced so only the top 10% (I am being generous) of the population can avail themselves of their product.

                                    Always enjoy Anthony Bourdain in Cleveland tasting the HFCS dripping from a pipe in a Twinkie factory that has been closed for years.

                                    1. I once made curry out of coconut milk that was 4 years expired.

                                      I want some of the glory too.

                                      1. Maybe in ipsedixitland it's only March.

                                        1. There was someone on these boards (I think? where else do I chat about elderly foods?) whose boyfriend had left a carton of eggs in the fridge for 5 years or so (a project of persistence and curiosity, or perhaps just laziness).... they finally cracked one and found a dried-out nub.

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                                            1. re: DuchessNukem

                                              Now I'm curious and want to try it.

                                              1. re: ohmyyum

                                                Please do. I'm marking my calendar... we'll all meet back here 10/15/2018 to discuss.

                                              2. re: DuchessNukem

                                                Wow ... I wonder if he had a sense of smell. They rot before they dry out, for sure ...

                                                I buy my dogs' eggs three dozen or so at a time and don't refrigerate them. I go through these in about two weeks. Once I tried a new store, and they happened to have eggs on sale. By the time I got to the last dozen or so, several were rotten. So, sooo unpleasant ... but this is never an issue with my regular store and regular brand.

                                                1. re: foiegras

                                                  After a year through the Florida heat and cold, I caught a whiff one day entering the cabin. How those dozen eggs ended up behind my spares box befuddles me.

                                                  But it took a year.

                                              3. I was far more impressed prior to reading the responses, when I assumed the "06" was for 2006.

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                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  At least the eggs I know are labeled month date, never seen a year but perhaps they should add it just in case someone holds on to eggs longer than 12 months.

                                                2. I've done that when I was in college. Had a carton of eggs for months and months. It didn't even occurred to me to check expiration date. I was fine and lived to type this post.

                                                  1. If I don't see another post from you tomorrow, by 3:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time .... I will post a really swell poem about your demise, in site talk. You'll be famous.

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                                                    1. re: sedimental

                                                      I think all of us should, regardless of skill. It's the least we can do. Mine will be entitled, ipse was a good egg, but the one in their refrigerator wasn't. So don't be stealing that!

                                                      1. re: foiegras

                                                        Okay, I won't steal it...mine will be a limerick! Something like:

                                                        There once was an Ipse, with an egg...
                                                        "Don't eat it!" The chowhounds did beg...
                                                        ipse ate it anyway....
                                                        Then he died the next day....
                                                        Now his coffin smells like sulfur, so they say....

                                                        1. re: sedimental

                                                          I realize ipse's not dead (and that's probably good, of course), but I was going to contribute a lovely haiku anyway. But then I realized that ipse had already essentially done so in the opening post:

                                                          I just ate an egg
                                                          From a carton marked FEB 6th
                                                          And lived to post it

                                                      1. This thread embodies why I love chowhound so much!

                                                        Should we declare October 15th the official Chowhound Egg Eating Day?

                                                        1. This morning a 4 egg omelet from the same carton.

                                                          6 more to go.

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                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                            Whew, glad you weighed in. Those dudes upthread were on the verge of scheduling a wake.

                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                Naw, I think ipse has a gut of iron!

                                                                1. re: tcamp

                                                                  I was going to weigh in on my own eulogy, but it just felt kind of awkward.

                                                                  Had a good poem and everything ...

                                                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                    Too bad you missed it...we had a really good time. I bought a round of drinks for everyone.

                                                              2. Ipse probably eats thousand year eggs. Why would 8 month eggs bother him? LOL

                                                                1. That is awesome. I laugh at some of our food safety ideas in the US.
                                                                  In Australia, most supermarkets I have seen don't bother refrigerating the eggs.
                                                                  When I lived on the edge of the Sahara desert, we would buy flats of eggs from the outdoor markets, store them on a shelf in an apartment without air conditioning, and conduct a sniff test upon use.
                                                                  And lived to tell about it ;)

                                                                  1. Ahh! Now I'm kicking myself that I just threw out two full cartons of farmer's market eggs that were around 3 months old. They looked and smelled fine but I couldn't find anything online about the safety of eating eggs that old. I felt so guilty wasting them too! Thanks for posting this. I will never waste old eggs again.

                                                                    1. This morning, fried egg (runny yolk) over oatmeal, drizzle of soy sauce, some sea salt, a handful of nori flakes, crushed nuts and a tall glass of diet coke.

                                                                      Breakfast of (dead) champions.

                                                                      5 more to go.

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                                                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                        You go girl, I lost it with the soy sauce. Does the flavor combo really work?

                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                          Always. Soy sauce is a must for fried eggs.

                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                            Have you ever tried a sprinkle of Maggi?

                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                              Yes, but I prefer the stronger flavor tones of soy sauce. But Maggi is good too.

                                                                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                Maggi- you mean that Rod Stewart song?

                                                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                  I don't use Maggi nearly often enough. Will try.

                                                                                  1. re: c oliver

                                                                                    Love it, although I probably shouldn't with my water retention issues but oh well. I also love a bit on the side to dip bites of steak.

                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                  Speaking of Maggi, I bought some today for the first time, after reading about it here on Chowhound (I sort of remember Maggi bullion cubes from my childhood) . There were two kinds; the one I got has "Europe" on it. What's up with that?

                                                                                  This one helps


                                                                                  And this one is way better

                                                                                  "The Maggi Family Portrait, from Left to Right"


                                                                                3. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                  "You go girl,"

                                                                                  ipse!?!?! You're a girl???

                                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                    Is ipse a boy? I always thought of ipse as a girl.

                                                                              2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                Never tried over oatmeal. Rice is my go-to but with a raw egg. A little soy sauce, some sesame and...? I'm drawing a complete blank on the name of the flakes, do they have nori in them? SO good. Gotta do the oatmeal.

                                                                                  1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                    LOL! The name JUST popped into my head. And not nori at all. Thanks. These senior moments are so annoying )

                                                                                    1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                      Love that stuff! I've only tried the regular variety but always eye the others at HMart

                                                                                  2. re: ipsedixit

                                                                                    The egg won't hurt you, but the Diet Coke might.